July 9, 2013

OBONG OF Calabar: We ‘ll appeal court ruling – Kingmakers


CALABAR—THE Etuboms’ Traditional Council, the Efik King making body has said it would appeal the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Calabar, which last Thursday, nullified the processes through which the Edidem Abasi Otu was crowned Obong of Calabar.

The Efik Kingmakers, meanwhile, pledged to obey the judgment.

In a statement, weekend, by Chairman of Etuboms’ Council, Etunom Okor Duke, the council said it had no choice than to obey the decision of the appellate court.

The Etuboms’ Council noted that being capped was a mandatory requirement for anyone to be eligible to contest for the post of Obong of Calabar and that accounts for the rejection of Chief Anthony Ani, former Minister of Finance during the General Sani Abacha’s regime, who is not  capped.

“Consequently, the entire Efik community and all well meaning people welcomed the decision of the court that Chief Ani is not traditionally qualified and eligible to contest the position of Obong of Calabar.”

The council added that the court judgment had settled “his spurious and vexatious claims to the position that he knows he is not fit for; this simple truth is what we have been insisting on and we shall continue to maintain it till the end of time.”

According to the Etuboms’ Council, the fact that “Edidem Okon Otu was not excluded from participating in the new processes of the selection of Obong affirms the fact that he is truly from one of the founding fathers of the Efik kingdom, which qualifies him to occupy the exalted traditional position.

“This vindicates our earlier stance and voting pattern, where Anthony Ani with all his resources scored only one vote against the then Etubom Ekpo Abasi Otu.”